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How do med students find out about clinical rotations? Particularly visiting students?

The AAMC has an Extramural Electives Compendium for LCME schools (http://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/electives/start.htm), but what about teaching hospitals that are more stand-alone. (Sure, there may be an affiliation with a University, but this doesn't necessarily mean that the average person can easily find rotations at non-University institutions.)

As an example, I did a Google search for palliative care rotations:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=palliative+care+rotation

A host of .edu addresses (med schools) appeared on the first page , along with a .org. That .org was a teaching hospital, Marshfield Clinic/Saint Joseph's Hospital in Wisconsin. Looking at their Web site, I found a list of rotations that they offer:
http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/education/residency/student/electives.asp

They mention that they are affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Medical school, and even have a link on that page to UW. I went to the UW catalog, and couldn't find a palliative care rotation mentioned anywhere:
http://med.uwisc.org/public/catalog/select_student_level.html

To top it off, the Marshfield Clinic Web site has their own application for rotations. They don't appear to charge for their application, though the UW site seems to have an application fee.

NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL/OFFSHORE STUDENTS: The Marshfield Clinic site indicates that they are unable to host international/offshore med school students:
http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/education/residency/student/eligibility.asp It offers a link to UW for such opportunities.

What gives? Is there another list outside of LCME? Are people doing Web searches (Google, Yahoo, etc.) to find rotations not affiliated with their own med school? There must be a more qualified/relevant resource than Google.

(I posted this on another thread - sorry for the redundancy if you've read this before, as this would have been the appropriate place.)
 

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Fair question. I'm not writing a book or an article.

I used to work at an undergraduate college as a recruiter and marketer, and still do consulting in that field. Now I work in a medical environment, and I've become enthralled with the medical world. I lurk on these forums quite a bit to become more familiar with medicine. What I learn from this lurking demystifies medicine quite a bit, and I find it all the more fascinating.

There doesn't seem to be a lot of active recruitment of residents, at least not beyond Web sites and med school affiliations. This makes it even more fascinating to me, and some of what I'm learning (what med students look for in residency program Web sites, for example) has helped me with undergraduate recruitment consulting.

Someday I hope to branch into freelance consulting for residency programs, most likely focusing on their Web sites. I may also go into physician recruiting someday - who knows?
 
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